Boss stretches the boundaries for creativity and innovation. There is no disputing this fact. With some of the most revered pedals in the world and having just sold over ten million units, it’s undeniable that they are the best. Having some of the most unique pedals to date built in virtually indestructible armor goes a long way, as Boss has displayed for the guitar world time and time again. I was really thrilled to try out the Boss PW-10 V-Wah when I learned about it.
Although I’m not generally fans of these “all types crammed into one” kind of boxes, I figured a culmination pedal for wah effects would not be entirely too difficult to produce. Upon firing this bad boy up, I quickly learned that I had been mistaken. This may be one of the lamest pedals I have ever tried. I do not feel that any of the settings live up to a standard single wah pedal sound. The feel was awful and embarrassing.
I felt my guitar sounded like a trombone being run over by a garbage truck. The pedal supposedly reinvents six classic and modern wah sounds. Who cares when they all make your playing sound like some kind of discounted, malfunctioning toy in the clearance rack of a toy store that’s going out of business?
To my disbelief and horror, the pedal actually has over drive and booster options. This was pretty much the final straw for me. I was in shock to learn that they were actually trying to push a built in distortion in their digital wah pedal and have it be taken seriously! Musician’s Friend has very uninterested reviews and people do not seem to be overly excited about this pedal at all. Most reviews don’t seem positive what so ever.
Mostly, and I too concur, the pedal gets positive ratings for features, and weak reviews for everything else. I think the positivity for features is only for the sole reason that there are so many combined into this one pedal. It does not matter when none of them are quality. I do not care that the pedal has built in preset memory if I cannot find a single setting that actually compels me.
Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this one. This is a $125 investment that should definitely be skirted.